Changing Gears and Kicking It Up A Notch...
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I've been following a Bootcamp Style program for over 3 weeks now. I have lost around 11 pounds in those 3 weeks and several inches all over my body. AWESOME. However; I feel that it is time to Kick it up a Notch. Bump up the intensity and strictness of the routine, REALLY give it everything I've got.
I've owned a book by Bill Phillips for about 3 years now called Body For Life. I was feeling bored with my routine the other day and pulled it out to look it over again. Back a few years ago when I first bought it and attenpted the program I felt that it was way too restrictive. I wasn't willing to give up my burgers and fries and beer to get the health and body I wanted. Well here it is in my 4th week and I haven't had a burger or beer in weeks and I think I'm ready. Ready to give up all of the stuff that's holding me back from where I want to be.
Burgers, ice cream, fatty foods, cigarettes, and alcohol have always stood in my way to becoming who I wanted to be on the outside and inside. Not anymore. Yesterday I smoked my last cigarette at 1:20PM. Here it is 18 hours later and everyone who lives in the house with me is still alive...(that's a miracle folks I'm serious.) One of my best friends told me yesterday I was plumb crazy to try to quit cold turkey during the summer with the kids at home and, I told her that after all that I have put my body through these past 3 weeks I was ready for a challenge. I welcome the adversity to make my mind stronger.
Back to Body For Life. The program is simple. Eat 6 small CLEAN(nothing processed and all whole foods) meals a day that are balanced in quality proteins and Complex Carbohydrates, and eat at least 3 servings of veggies with your meals a day. I started following the BFL eating plan a few days ago and I must say I'm NEVER hungry. I thought there was no way I could eat 6 times a day but really it's not that hard. It just takes planning and preparation the night before. You also drink 10-12 glasses of water a day which I have been doing for nearly a month now. The exercise program is TOUGH. But my body is ready for the challenge now that I've been training boot camp style for the past 3 weeks.
3 days a week are weight training days, and 3 days a week are cardio days. Sundays are free days from exercise and the diet aspect of the program. (I'm not sure if I will be taking free days or not since i'm competing for 25,000.00 CASH
I think the challenge is just what I needed right now or that book wouldn't have jumped off the shelf at me. I've already set my goals, planned a week's worth of meals, gone shopping and I'm starting on Monday. In 12 weeks I'm going to be a whole new person. And I can't wait!